Huntsman offers up own money for bid
January 1st, 2012
07:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Huntsman offers up own money for bid

(CNN) - Jon Huntsman is reaching into his own pockets to prop up his presidential campaign.

The former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China will match donations to his campaign dollar-for-dollar until midnight Sunday, according to a statement from Team Huntsman.

"Whether you contribute $10, $100, $1000 or the maximum amount of $2,500, Mary Kaye and I will personally match every dollar you donate," an email from Huntsman read. "At every campaign stop, I can feel the momentum building for our campaign."

Huntsman is the only major Republican candidate to focus his efforts almost entirely in New Hampshire, which, on Jan. 10, hosts the second contest and first primary on the road to the White House. His poll numbers in the state have edged up in recent weeks, but he has failed to reach the top tier of candidates in the Granite State.

The money move follows the $2.3 million in personal funds he loaned his campaign through the end of September. In addition, his father, Jon Huntsman, Sr., who founded the chemical company Huntsman Corporation, has helped back a super PAC supporting his son's 2012 bid.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Notfooledbyyou

    It is unfortunate, depending on what side you are on, the a person like Mr. Huntsman can't legitamently run for president. If these multi-timed divorced evangelicals were true followers of Christ, they wouldn't be supporting Newt Gingrich and war mongers like George W. Bush

    January 1, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Indy

    When will they learn you can't buy the Presidency by putting in your own money, if Huntsman would have been more of a freakshow he probably could have got more donations, but he had to go around making some sense and having some good ideas and Republicans hate people that make sense and have good ideas.

    January 1, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. JD

    Candidates should be held to the same campaign finance restrictions that they would be held to if they were donating to someone else's campaign. They should only be allowed to donate to their own campaign to the cap.

    Then again, corporations also should be limited, but SCOTUS changed all that with Citizens United.

    January 1, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Never heard of a Mormon spending their own money to get ahead.

    January 1, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. SafeJourney

    Jon, you are the only sane one of the bunch. To bad the GOP/TP cant see that

    January 1, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Oldie in TampaBay

    ROFL If you can't get the votes ... buy em!

    January 1, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Patrick from Minnesota

    Just throw in the towel Huntsmen. You're too moderate for the republican party and throwing your own money at the cause won't make it any different.

    January 1, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. OnlyRonPaul

    Wow, all the sudden I feel like pulling support from Ron Paul, the honest politician, and giving money to Huntsman who will match my funds and give it all back to himself. Yeah, that's the plan.

    January 1, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. chuck weidemann

    Putting your money where your mouth is!!

    January 1, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    What a waste of money!! Huntsman is not even in the news let alone, in the top 6 in the polls. I truly believe if he does not do well in NH, he should hang it up. Look to 2016 and maybe, just MAYBE, you will be noticed and people will know about you!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 1, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Andy

    I wish Huntsman were doing better in the polls. Here's a smart, principled guy running for President.

    January 1, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Aizen

    I like this guy. Why does the GOP nominee always have to be a liberal neocon/warmonger?

    January 1, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. SnowSoul

    He told his dad he won't need any money because if they have to use their own money they failed. Am I missing something here?

    January 1, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. Larry L

    I could never support a man so incapable of understanding the Republican base... the real base. They don't want a rational person who understands world affairs and has compassion for the poor. They want a folksy, pledge-taking, bible-thumping, gun-toting, anti-abortion, anti-environment, let's-all-go-back-to-1955 conservative. Too bad for them that person can't win the general election when the stable portion of America gets to vote.

    January 1, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |

    The one decent, intelligent, rationale, job creating, science-based, care for the other person, and for business Republican in the race. Yes, he has not a prayer.

    January 2, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |

    The only Repubican worth voting for. Romney is a shill and is the one person standing in the way of a Huntsman rise in the polls. Romney, the human pretzel needs to go.

    January 2, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  17. Jason

    This man would be amazing as a vp to Ron Paul and eventual president, himself.

    January 2, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. ModerateMan

    If anybody wants to give me money I will promise to match it! Please email for bank routing number!

    January 2, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  19. ModerateMan

    Actually, I will do Jim Huntsman one better. I will donate TWO dollars to myself for every dollar you give me!

    January 2, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  20. Ken

    Huntsman's family made their money creating jobs, Romney's family made millions destroying jobs and outsourcing them overseas... is there really any more to say?

    January 2, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  21. Memerize!

    I like Huntsman. He's articulate, speaks his points in a sane and logical, smart manner, I think he'd be a great match for the wits and slickness of word that Obama has. Huntsman also has a great last name... AND he's got international experience, he doesn't stumble on his points or says ridiculous things.

    Whats wrong with the conservative side of America? Can't you see he's got what it takes to beat Obama?

    Just a shame he's not up higher, I hope he surges, I really do.

    January 2, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  22. Thomas

    Bad idea !

    Romney is doing that and he wont win the general election ether.

    You can buy companies , companies can't buy people !

    Then again if corporations are people , politicians are corporations too !

    It's your money , however why not spend it on something less wasteful .

    January 2, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |